Co-production has been defined ‘as a way of working that involves people who use health and care services, carers and communities in equal partnership and involved at the earliest stages of service design, development and evaluation. Done well, co-production helps to ground discussions in reality, and to maintain a person-centred perspective’. (Coalition for Collaborative Care). Co-production shifts power towards people and can best be achieved with people, through equal and reciprocal relationships. Co-production is the pinnacle of involvement.
“Connecting and Realising Value Through People” is the new Co-production Guide for Northern Ireland which was launched by the Department of Health on 31 August 2018.
A model for co-production, developed by the Coalition for Collaborative Care and its partners, provides a useful overview of co-production.
Check out some of the methods to co-produce below.
- Consensus building/dialogue
- Formalised involvement on strategic groups
- Future search
- Participatory appraisal
- Participatory strategic planning
- Steering groups